Calendar of Events


Frontenac, KS

November 22: Johnnie Zibert Polka Band, 7:30 pm, Barto’s Idle Hour.

Franklin, KS

November 10: An Unappreciated Skeptic: Emanuel Haldeman-Julius and Religion, 2 pm, Miners Hall Museum.

December 1: The Gunn Family Legacy & Its Influence on the Little Blue Books, 2 pm, Miners Hall Museum.

Girard, Ks

November 8: Observatory Night: Milky Way and Galaxies, 7 pm, Greenbush.

Pittsburg, KS

November 1: University Choirs Concert, time TBA, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.

November 1: All Hallows Day Halloween Hellraiser, 8 pm, Bubba’s 311 Club.

November 1: Bred 4 War, Spook, & Sacred Throne, 9 pm, TJ Lelands.

November 2: GorillaFest: Bill & Monica’s Excellent Adventure, 10 am, Gorilla Village, PSU.

November 4: Best of Broadway: Bandstand, 7:30 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.

November 6: Planetarium: Saturn & Beyond, 6 pm, Kelce Planetarium at PSU.

November 7: Nick Griffin, 8 pm, Kansas Crossing Casino.

November 8: Empty Bowls Fundraiser Lunch, 11 am, Wesley House.

November 8: Hope Nelson, 9 pm, TJ Lelands.

November 9: Salsa-Thon Fundraiser for Pittsburg Family YMCA, 10 am.

November 9: Jason Boland and The Stragglers, 8 pm, Kansas Crossing Casino.

November 9: Eye Creatures and Blueshell Bombshell, 10 pm, TJ Lelands.

November 12: Moscow Ballet’s The Great Russian Nutcracker, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts (time TBA).

November 14: PSU Jazz Concert, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts (time TBA).

November 15: Sam Riggs, 9 pm, The Pitt.

November 15: Jason Bennett, 9 pm, TJ Lelands.

November 16: GorillaFest: Rusty Knight & The Daze, 10 am, Gorilla Village at PSU.

November 16: Confederate Railroad, 7 pm, Banjos.

November 16: 32nd Annual Southeast Kansas Holiday Ball and Auction Fundraiser for Class LTD, 6 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.

November 20: Planetarium: Cosmic Colors, 6 pm, Kelce Planetarium at PSU.

November 21: Brews & Bites Fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters, 6 pm, The Barn at Timber Cove.

November 21: Trivia Night, 7 pm, TJ Lelands.

November 21: Nathan Timmell & Kevin Chaha, 8 pm, Kansas Crossing Casino.

November 22: PSU Solo & Chamber Music Series: Third Coast Percussion, 7:30 pm, McCray Hall at PSU.

November 23: National Touring Act: Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies, 7:30 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.

November 23: Crossroads 7, 9 pm, The Pitt.

November 24: PSU Wind Ensemble Concert at Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, (time TBA).

November 24: Pittsburg Old Time Fiddlers and Pickers, 1 pm, Crawford County Historical Museum.

November 28: Give Thanks 5K, 8 am, Wilderness Park.

Events for Memorial Auditorium Convention Center, 503 N. Pine, 620.231.7827. Visit

October 31-November 3: MRB presents This is Halloween inspired by Nightmare Before Christmas, Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at 7:30 pm-Nov. 2 & 3, 2 pm. Opening night has a costume contest and Trunk or Treat event. Tickets $15/$12/$10. Visit or call 620.231.7827.

November 14: The 32nd Annual Project Warmth Fundraiser, 11 am & 5:30 pm. The Pittsburg Ministerial Alliance hosts this special even, and all proceeds help families with paying utilities.

November 15-17: PHS Theatre Department Presents Pippin, Nov. 15 & 16, 7 pm; Nov. 16 & 17, 2 pm. Tickets: $10/$8/$6. Visit or call 620.231.7827.

November 18: City of Pittsburg Blood Drive. By appointment only. Contact 620.231.7827 or

November 23: Midwest Regional Ballet’s Fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis “Just Breathe Variety Show,” 7 pm. Tickets: $10 general admission at the door. Visit or call 620.231.7827.

Carl Junction, MO

Tuesdays, Saturdays & Sundays: $3 Pickleball, Tuesday 1-3 pm; Saturday 3-6 pm; Sunday 3-6 pm at Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. Call 417.649.7237 with questions.

Saturdays: Solemates Walking Group, 9-10 am, Center Creek Park, 201 Valley Lane. Call 417.649.7237.

Thursdays: $5 Yoga, 6-7 pm, Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. Call 417.649.7237.

Thursdays: $5 Zumba Classes, 10-11 am, Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. Call 417.649.7237.

November 7: Carl Junction Area Chamber of Commerce 1st Thursday Power Breakfast, 7:30 am, 303 N. Main Street, Carl Junction Community Center.

November 8, 19 & 26: Bingo, 10 am, Carl Junction Senior Center, 303 N. Main St.

November 16: Hootenanny with the Moccasin Bend Band, 2-4 pm, CJ Senior Center, 303 N. Main St.

Carl Junction’s Next Chapter, the free public library, located in the CJ Community Center, is now open! To check hours open, please like their Facebook page.

Carthage, MO

Saturdays: Painting Classes for All Ages, 12-3:30 pm, Cherry’s Custom Framing. Cost: $30, includes material. Call 417.358.2707.

Diamond, MO

George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center Free Programs. Two miles west of Diamond on Highway V, then 1/4 mile south on Carver Road. Visitor center and park grounds open daily 9 am-5 pm. Call 417.325.4151 or visit

November 2 & 3: A Man of Great Faith, 1 pm. This program tells the story of the inspiration Carver credits for his success.

November 9 & 10: Women in George Washington Carver’s Life, 1 pm. Throughout Carver’s life, many women mentored and guided him along his journey to earn an education.

November 16 & 17: Struggle for Education, 1 pm. Carver faced in his pursuit of a formal education while growing up in the post-Civil War United States.

November 23: Astronomy: Wonders of the Night Sky, 6:30-8:30 pm. Learn about celestial navigation, star stories and the effects of light pollution. A brief slideshow is followed by an outside constellation tour.

November 30: Film: The Life & Legacy, Booker T. Washington, 11 am. Through narration and re-enactment, this 30-minute film traces the legacy of Booker T. Washington and the founding of Tuskegee Institute.

Joplin, MO

Every Friday: Friday Nights Out at Victory, 6-9 pm, 3405 S. Hammons Blvd. $3/person; max of $15/family. Half off admission with gym membership card. Open basketball court, archery tag, pool tables, foosball, bracelet making, Wii, Xbox 360. Call 417.206.6886.

November 1: First Friday Wine Share, 6-8 pm. Different venues throughout downtown Joplin each month. Bring a bottle of wine or craft beer to share. Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. No charge to attend WineShare, 21 years of age. 417.501.9649.

November 1: The Woman’s Club of Joplin Luncheon, noon, Twin Hills. Reservations: 417.206.2353 by Oct. 25.

November 9: St. Philip’s Annual Fall Bazaar, 9 am-2 pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 706 Byers. Shopping, bake shop, silent auction themed baskets, silent auction artists’. or 417.434.7141.

Wildcat Glades Friends Group, 201 Riviera Dr., Joplin, MO – All programs are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, please email or visit our Facebook page for online registration options. Classes are limited to the first 20 students registered for preschool and yoga classes.

November 6 or 12: Preschool Nature Connections: Squirrely Squirrels. Free; Nov. 6, 1-2 pm, Empire Market, 931 E. Fourth St., OR Nov. 16, 10-11 am, Shoal Creek Conservation and Education Center, Wildcat Park. Ages 3 to 6 accompanied by an adult. visit    

November 8 & 9: Rummage Sale, 8 am-5 pm; Nov. 9, 8 am-2 pm, IBEW Hall, 3316 S. Main. All proceeds benefit Wildcat Glades Friends Group. Donations accepted from 8 am-5 pm Nov. 5, 6 and 7. No clothing. Joan at 417.437.5380.

November 9: Yoga in Nature for Kids, 11:15-11:45 am, Wildcat Glades Park Pavilion, 201 E. Riviera Dr. Ages 2 and up accompanied by an adult. Bring yoga mat or towel and a reusable water bottle.

November 23: Nature Explorers: Primitive Skills, 12:30-2:30 pm, Wildcat Glades Pavilion. Ages 7 to 12. Wear appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes.

Lamar, MO

Every Monday: Barton County Senior Center, 9 am-5 pm, 306 W. 11th. Cards, dominoes, exercise equipment, a reading library, pool, computer/internet access and Wii. Call 417.682.3881.

Monett, MO

November 4: Monett Senior Dance, first Monday of the month, 7-10 pm, Park Casino building. $3 to enter. Call 417.235.3285.

Grove, OK

November 9: Monthly Community Gospel Singing, 6 pm, Grove 1st Assembly of God, two miles east of Grove on south side of highway. Performing: Vice of Truth. Call 417.775.4121.

Quapaw, OK

November 9: Horses of Hope Gala, 6:15 Downstream Casino Pavilion, dinner, live auction, concert with Jason Pritchett. Contact Jim Adams 620.249.6795 or visit .





Halloween Haunts and Happenings

Pick your Halloween pumpkins, get lost in a corn maze and enjoy lots of outdoor fun at these area attractions:

Annabelle’s Fun Farm: Kiddy Korral maze, pig races, corn hole toss, bounce house, train ride, hayride, pumpkin picking, corn box, 4-acre corn maze, pumpkin bowling and gift shop. Additional-charge activities include gemstone mining, geode cracking and a 3-D paintball barn. Located at 444584 E. 110 Rd., Welch, Oklahoma. 918.323.6352. (Open Friday-Sunday, Sept. 21-Oct. 27)

Exeter Corn Maze: Corn maze, pumpkin patch, zip line, corn and pumpkin cannons, pumpkin jump, cow train, shootout shack (paintball) and hay ride. Located at State Highway MM, Exeter, Missouri. 417.846.3959. (Open weekends, Sept. 7-Nov. 3)

Hickory Creek Farms: Corn cannon, punkin’ chuckin’, 5-acre corn maze, 4-acre pumpkin patch, kids’ playground, critter corral, live animal races, hayride and train. Located at 426 S. 30th Street, McCune, Kansas. 620.632.4294. (Open weekends, Sept. 28-Oct. 31)

Pathways Corn Maze: Corn maze with a smaller maze within the big maze. There’s also a small hay maze for young children, corn crib, barrel train, bonfire, family games and hayrides. Located at 23895 State Highway 96, Oronogo, Missouri. 417.673.4608. See Facebook page. (Open Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 27-Oct. 26)

Right Choices Corn Maze: An 8-acre corn maze, hayride along Elk River, cow train, corn jump, corn cannon and more. Open by reservation for field trips Monday through Friday. Located at 1161 Manning Road, Southwest City, Missouri. 417.762.3695. (Open Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 21-Oct. 27)

Verona Corn Maze and The Zombie Harvest: Cow train rides, greased pig chase, corn maze, haunted corn maze, corn cannon, corn box, pumpkin launcher, zombie paintball, jumbo jumper, mechanical corn bull, boxer jocks, twin spin and tractor-pulled hay rides. Online ticketing saves you time in line. Located at 20701 Lawrence 2200, Verona, Missouri. 417.498.6191. (Open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 21-Nov. 2)

Wood Farms Pumpkin Patch: Inflatable pumpkin bounce pad, slide, wagon rides, train rides, the corn crib, face painting, concessions, treats. Admission fee $5. Toddlers 2 and under free. Pittsburg, Kansas (Open Oct. 6-28. Saturdays and Sundays 12-6 pm)

Do you DARE to be scared out of your wits this Halloween? Here’s a list of area spook houses and terrifying events that will send CHILLS down your spine:

The Cadaver Zone: Are you ready to experience the area’s newest Halloween attraction? Located at 25088 Kafir Road, Webb City, Missouri. 417.434.2343. See Facebook page. (Open weekends, Sept. 27-Nov. 2, plus other weekdays closer to Halloween)

Fear Factory Haunt: Located at 10965 Hwy 43, Webb City, Missouri. 417.793.2111. See Facebook page. (Like us on Facebook for more details) Visit

Fieker’s Haunted Hollow: Located at 2520 Jaguar Road, Joplin, Missouri. 417.529.7454. See Facebook (Open Sept. 27-Oct 31)

R.I.P. at Myers Inn: located at West Airport Drive, Carthage, Missouri. 417.313.2223. See Facebook or visit

Hornet Spooklight: A mysterious light that appears on a road near the Missouri-Oklahoma border. For directions, visit (Always open)

The Old Haunted Belleville Cave: Is there anything scarier than a haunted cave? Located at North Foxtrot Lane, Joplin, Missouri. 417.529.7428. See Facebook Page. (Open weekends, Sept. 27-Oct. 27)

Project Fear: Face your fear as you make your way through rooms full of torture, torment and terrifying screams. Located at 400 Katy Ave, Parsons, Kansas. See Facebook page or visit

Wolfman’s House of Screams: There’s a “be easy” way for kids, as well as for adults who just can’t quite make it through the scary way. Located at 26267 King Lane, Carl Junction, Missouri. 417.825.3066. See Facebook page. (Open weekends and additional days closer to Halloween, Sept. 27-Oct. 27)

Spooky Arts

October 18-20: 48-Hour Film Competition: Halloween Edition, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. 3rd St, Joplin, Missouri. Back by popular demand, Spiva Center for the Arts’ 48-Hour Film Competition: Halloween Edition allows participants to exercise their creativity, work with a limited time frame and celebrate the spooky season of Halloween! Contestants are to meet at Spiva in the Main Gallery October 18 at 6 pm. Teams will receive the criteria needed to create a 4-minute short film based on a horror sub-genre. They have until 6 pm October 20 to submit their films at Bookhouse Cinema. Cost: $20 per team. Email

October 18 & 19: Beetlejuice with RKO Floor Show, 10 pm, Bookhouse Cinema, 715 E. Broadway St., Joplin, Missouri. Watch as the RKO Floor Show shadow casts Tim Burton’s cult classic, Beetlejuice, with full props and costumes. Come dressed as your favorite character, purchase Beetlejuice-themed snacks, and sit back and enjoy the show! No age restriction. $8. More information: 417.825.5161.


Holiday Events

Christmas Parades

Joplin, MO: December 3: Freeman Health System invites you to celebrate the holidays by joining the 45th Annual Joplin Christmas Parade at 6 pm! The parade route runs north on Main Street, starting at 15th Street and ending at 3rd Street. 417.347.4622.

Girard, KS: December 5: Christmas Parade in Girard, 6 pm, downtown Girard.

Pittsburg, KS: December 2: Christmas Parade in Pittsburg, 6:30 pm, downtown Pittsburg.

Neosho, MO: December 7: Neosho’s downtown square comes alive with the 2019 Christmas parade at 5:30 pm. 417.451.1925.

Miami, OK: December 7: The Miami Area Chamber of Commerce presents the Miami Christmas parade on Route 66 at 6 pm. The historic Coleman Theatre provides a beautiful backdrop as entrants make their way down Main Street. 918.542.4481.

Vinita, OK: December 6: The Vinita Christmas Parade of Lights has entertained thousands of children and adults year after year as it winds through the historic streets of downtown Vinita. 7 pm.

Carthage, MO: December 7: Carthage’s Christmas Parade winds its way around the town’s historic square at 7 pm. 417.359.7026.

Lamar, MO: December 12: Annual Lighted Christmas Parade, 6 pm. 417.682.3595.

Seneca, MO: December 13: Annual Christmas Parade held in downtown Seneca, 6 pm. 417.776.2100.

Monett, MO: December 14: Santa Claus leads Monett’s Christmas parade, which begins on Broadway and moves west from 8th Street to 1st Street. 11 am. 417.235.7919.

Nevada/Vernon County: December 2 & 6: Merry Christmas Pageant and Parade: Dec 6: The Christmas Parade is Friday, December 6, at 6 pm. The pageant is Saturday, December 2, at 10 am. 417.667.5300.

Grove, OK: December 7: The streets of Grove come alive on this very special night at 6 pm! Celebrate your holidays by joining us to watch the lighted floats, bands and organizations all decked out for the Christmas season. For further information or an entry form, contact the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce at 918.786.9079.

Grove, OK/Grand Lake: December 14: The annual Christmas boat parade at Grand Lake is Saturday, December 14. The parade starts and ends at Cherokee Yacht Club in Duck Creek and winds its way south to Pensacola Dam. Put this on your calendars now for a can’t-miss Grand Lake event, and stay tuned for more details.

Other Holiday Events

Carthage, MO

artCentral: Glass Ornaments Workshop with Jane McCaulley, Hyde House, 1110 W. 13th St., November 2, 2:30-4:30 pm. Add sparkle and fun to your holidays! Create beautiful Christmas ornaments with artCentral glass artist and teacher Jane McCaulley. $35 for one ornament. All supplies furnished.

Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre: December 5-8, December 12-15 – Miracle on 34th Street, 6 pm; Sunday matinee, 12:30 pm, Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 Old 66 Boulevard. Call 417.388.1466 or 417.358.4300, or email


A Christmas Carol, November 20-23, 7:30 pm, Missouri Southern State University, Bud Walton Theatre, 3950 E. Newman Rd. Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, which follows Ebenezer Scrooge, a selfish miser, who is dramatically changed after he is visited by three ghosts. Tickets: Adults $7, students/senior citizens $5. More information: Terri Spencer,, 417.625.9393.

Joplin Little Theatre presents Return of the Christmas Kid, December 4-8, 7 pm; Sunday 2 pm, Joplin Little Theatre, 3008 W. 1st St. Tickets: $18 adults, $15 seniors and students, $8 kids 12 and under. More information:, 417.623.3638.

Home for the Holidays: December 14, 1-6 pm, Murphysburg Joplin. Step back in time for a glimpse into turn-of-the-century Joplin with a holiday homes tour of nine private historic homes. Four of the decorated homes are in the Historic Murphysburg District on South Sergeant Avenue between 3rd and 6th streets, three are in the North Heights Neighborhood a few blocks southwest of Columbia Elementary School and two are in the heart of downtown. The tour starts at Unity of Joplin, located at 204 North Jackson Avenue. The building, formally the Woman’s Club, is a local historic landmark. Unity of Joplin will also be on the tour. That is where you can buy a ticket or exchange your advance ticket for a commemorative booklet. The booklet includes the tour house sites and a map.

David Phelps: It Must Be Christmas 2019 Tour presented by Connect2Culture, December 15, 7:30-9 pm, 2104 Indiana Avenue (Joplin High School Performing Arts) 417.625.6683. An iconic gospel singer whose extensive vocal range and passion for music has attracted thousands of fans from all over the world. With a vocal range spanning more than three octaves, David Phelps has led an astounding career beginning when he was just a child. Starting with small performances at his church, Phelps found his passion for performing.

Kansas City Southern Holiday Express: December 15, 4:30-8 pm. Access the location from “B” & North Main Street. Visitors can board the train, tour the inside of three of the festive six-car train, then visit with Santa and his elves. The event is free.

Exhibits, Open Houses and Craft Fairs

Joplin, MO: Home for the Holidays, November 1-30, Urban Art Gallery, 511 S. Main St. More information: Linda Teeter,, 417.438.5931.

Neosho, MO: Handmade Holiday Market: November 2, 10 am-2 pm. The area’s finest local artisans, crafters, bakers and makers of handmade goods in one place. This special day brings together local shoppers and talented craftsmen who share an appreciation of handmade goods. Each participant is hand selected and a wide variety of goods and craft styles are featured. The HHM features the same level of quality products our Neosho Farmers’ Market customers have come to expect. This is a true, artisan-style handmade market, featuring high-quality products. Food and drinks available.

Neosho, MO: Breakfast with Santa: December 7, 8-11 am. Call the Neosho Chamber of Commerce for more details at 417.451.1925.

McCune, KS: November 23: Christmas Bazaar, 9 am at McCune Community Center.

Arma, KS: December 4: Christmas Open House, 6 pm at Northeast Elementary/Junior High.

Pittsburg, KS: November 2: Holiday Market at The Barn, 9 am to 4 pm at The Barn At Timber Cove.

Pittsburg, KS: December 1: Bells of the Balkans: Ring in the Season at Bicknell Family Center for the Arts (time TBA).

Pittsburg, KS: December 3: Holiday Extravaganza and 5th Anniversary Celebration for Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 7:30 pm at Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.

Pittsburg, KS: December 4: Planetarium: Seasons of Light, 6 pm at Kelce Planetarium at PSU.

Pittsburg, KS: December 7: 11th Annual Holiday Craft Fair, 8 am to 12 pm at Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium.

Pittsburg, KS: December 7: Holiday Zumbathon, 9:30 am at Lincoln Center.

Grove, OK: November 7-9, Christmas Open House. You won’t want to miss out on Grove and Grand Lake’s annual kickoff for the Christmas season. Join local merchants for a special fun-filled long weekend of shopping at their Christmas Open House. There will be lots of special discounts as our local businesses showcase their businesses for the season.







Cultural Events

Joplin, MO

Events in Joplin are subject to change. For a full listing of arts and cultural opportunities in Joplin, visit Connect2Culture is the source for arts and cultural opportunities in Joplin.


November 5: Tinsley Ellis House Concert, 6:30 pm, The Coda Concert House, 2120 E. 24th St. Email

November 7: Pro Musica: Tesla Quartet with Alex Fiterstein, 7 pm, Ozark Christian College Chapel. Free. Contact or 417.625.1822.

November 8: Pro Musica: Tesla Quartet with Alex Fiterstein (House Concert), 6:30 pm. For house location, ticket prices and reservations, contact, 417.625.9318.

November 14: Jazz Combo Recital, 7:30 pm, Missouri Southern State University, 3950 E. Newman Rd. Free. Contact or 417.625.9318.

November 15: Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials House Concert, 7 pm, The Coda Concert House, 2120 E. 24th St. Email

November 19: Faculty Recital – Chery Cotter with Pre-Lecture, 7 pm, Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium, 3950 E. Newman Rd.

November 22: Wind Ensemble Concert, 7:30 pm, Central Christian Center, 410 Virginia Ave. Free. Contact, 417.625.9318.

November 26: Jazz Orchestra Concert, 7:30 pm, Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium, 3950 E. Newman Rd. Open to the public. Contact, 417.625.9318.

November 30: Jimi Hendrix Birthday Celebration feat. Chris Duarte, 5:30 pm, The Coda Concert House, 2120 E. 24th St. Email All proceeds benefit the artist performing.


November 1 & 2: Joplin Regional Artists Coalition: Studio Tours, Nov. 1, 5-8 pm; Nov. 2, 10 am-3 pm. Join the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition as their members open their studio spaces for tours. More information:

November 1: VSM Joplin: November First Friday, 7-10 pm. Social dance 8 pm, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin Ave. Learn the art of swing dance. $5. Contact, 316.243.8175.

November 3, 17 & 24: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9 pm, Blackthorn Pizza & Pub, 510 S. Joplin Ave. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10 pm, 21+ from 10 pm until close. Free. Contact, 417.540.9186.

November 4: Artist Talk with Michael Ashley, 2-3 pm, Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery, 3950 E. Newman Rd. Free. Contact, 417.625.9563.

November 4: Opening Reception: Michael Ashley by Michael Ashley, 3-4 pm, Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery, 3950 E. Newman Rd. Free. Contact, 417.625.9563.

November 5: The Evolution of Australia’s Relationship with China: The Rise of Economic and Diplomatic Tensions, 9:30 am, Missouri Southern State University, Phelps Theater, 3950 E. Newman Rd. Contact, 417.625.9736.

November 7: Film Night at the Library, 6 pm at Joplin Public Library Community Room West, 1901 E. 20th St. Free screening of The Last Man on Earth, starring Vincent Price. Contact, 417.623.7953, ext. 1041.

November 7: A Night with the Tusitala: Readings from Oceania, 7 pm, Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium, 3950 E. Newman Rd. Free. Contact, 417.625.9736.

November 13: Boomerang Painting, 10:30 am-1:30 pm, Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center, 3950 E. Newman Rd. Boomerangs and paint provided; you supply the creativity. Free. Contact, 417.625.9736.

November 13: Moana, 2:30 & 7 pm, Missouri Southern State University, Phelps Theater, 3950 E. Newman Rd. Free. Contact, 417.625.9736.

November 14: From Oz to Oceania: Portraits of Peoples by Two Kansans with a Kodak, 9:30 am, Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium, 3950 E. Newman Rd. Free. Contact, 417.625.9736.

November 23: JRAC Coffee Hour, 10 am, Beckett’s Café, 705 Illinois Ave. Joplin Regional Artists Coalition Coffee Hours offers JRAC members the opportunity to network, socialize, announce personal art-related news, discuss a pre-determined general art topic or participate in a professional development workshop. Email:

Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th Street

November 14: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6 pm. The Writers’ Guild includes a wide variety of writers from hobbyists to professional, published writers. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. Search “Joplin Writers’ Guild” on Facebook.

November 18: Victoria Price Author Visit. Listen to Victoria Price’s presentation Vincent Price: Master of Menace, Lover of Life. Then, meet Price during a book signing. Free. More information,, 417.623.7953, ext. 1041.

Last Tuesday of the Month: Dog Day Afternoon, 4-4:45 pm. This program encourages independent readers in grades K-5 to practice their skills by reading to certified therapy dogs. Registration takes place at the children’s desk on the day of the event. Call 417.623.2184.

Tuesdays: Movers & Shakers, 9:30 am, 10:45 am and 4 pm. This 40-minute play- and movement-based program is for infants and toddlers and their families. Suggested age: birth to 2 years. Call 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Tales for 2s & 3s, 9:30 am. Library staff use this 30-minute story time to share favorite short stories, simple songs and rhymes. Suggested age: 2 to 3 years. Call 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Fun for 4s & 5s, 11 am. Fun is our favorite game! During this 30-minute story time, library staff share stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays, puppets and more. Suggested age: 4 to 5 years. Call 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Family Stories, 4 pm. It’s all about family in this 30-minute story time. Families are encouraged to participate and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested age: 2 to 5 years. Call 417.623.2184.

First & Third Sundays: Children’s Maker Cart (grades 1-5), 2-3 pm. This program uses recycled materials to explore STEAM concepts. More information: 417.623.2184.


First Monday of the Month: Chess Club, 5:30 pm. Chess players of all experience levels. No registration required. Call 417.623.2184.

Tuesdays & Saturdays: Makerspace Open Studio, 4-7:30 pm on Tuesday; 9:30 am, 2:30 pm on Saturday. On the second Saturday of each month, the Joplin Public Library Makerspace is open on a walk-in, first-come, first-serve basis. Call 417.623.7953, ext.1041.

Second Sunday of the Month: LEGO Club, 2 pm. Toddlers, preschoolers and elementary age children all welcome. Anyone under 6 years must be accompanied by an adult. Call 417.623.2184.

November 8: Watercolor Pumpkin Painting, 6-8 pm, April’s Art House, 5245 Old Highway 71. Discover new watercolor techniques from Tom Jones, master of watercolor, and paint a beautiful, watercolor pumpkin! All materials included.$35. Contact, 417.358.6329.

November 23: Silk and Pearl Necklace, noon-2 pm, April’s Art House, 5245 Old Highway 71. Kristin Girard will teach participants to knot silk thread between every pearl to create a necklace that drapes beautifully. All materials included, $45. Contact, 417.358.6329.

Spiva Center for the Arts: Third and Wall streets, Joplin, MO

Galleries and gift shop hours: 10 am-5 pm, Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays and major holidays. Suggested voluntary contribution for admission is $2 adults; $1 children. Call 417.623.0183. Complete listing of classes at or follow us on Facebook. Register online at, and click on the Active Network link for class registrations, scholarship forms, membership payments and donations.


November 19: Missouri Arts Council Workshop, 3-5 pm. Annual grant information workshops. More information:, 314.340.7539 or 866.407.4752.

CLASSES: For more information, contact, 417.623.0183.

Tuesdays: Creation Station (ages 6-11), 3:45-5 pm. Drop in and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture and printmaking. Cost: $6 with pre-registration; $8 at the door. Call 417.623.0183.

Thursdays: Memories in the Making, 10 am-noon. This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. Free.

Saturdays: Preschool Mini Makers (ages 3-5), 10:30 am, $6 pre-registration, $8 at the door. Call 417.623.0183 or visit

November 2: Pointillism: Making Art with Dots with Sandra Conrad (ages 15+), 1-3 pm. $25.

November 6: Preschool Nature Connections: Squirrely Squirrels (ages 3-6), 1-2 pm, Empire Market, 931 E. 4th St. Registration is required. To register, visit Free. Contact, 417.708.7713.

November 9: The Power of Photoshop with Sarah Clements (ages 13+), 1-3 pm. $25.

November 13: Siblings Improv Sessions, 7:30-9 pm. These no-pressure, loads-of-fun sessions are designed for improvisers with all types of experience. Free.

November 16: Acrylic Pour and Swipe with Mary Parks (ages 13+), 1-3 pm at Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. 3rd St. $35.

November 16: Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad (ages 15+), 1-3 pm. $20.


Through December 14: 72nd Membership Show, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery. Free; donations appreciated. Contact or 417.623.0183.

Through December 21: Catherine Kirkland: What’s the Point?, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery. Contact or 417.623.0183.

November 4-21: Michael Ashley by Michael Ashley, Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery, 3950 E. Newman Rd. Free. Contact, 417.625.9563.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio: 1027 S. Main, Joplin, MO

Wednesdays: Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 2-6 pm. Up to 4 hours of painting time. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $25 per class. Call 417.291.1486.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Experimental Painting Class, 10:30 am. Watercolors or fluid acrylics. Cost is $25 per class with materials provided. Class size limited to six; register prior to each Wednesday session. Call 417.553.0835.

Third Thursdays: Painting and Sculpting with April Davis, 6-8 pm. Create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. Cost: $30 per class. Call 417.553.0835. 

artForms Gallery, 620 N. Broadway Pittsburg, KS – Call Artforms Gallery at 620.240.0165 to register for any workshop. Cow Creek Pottery, 107 E. 8th St., Pittsburg. Payment is due at time of registration.

Tuesdays: Art Exploration, 1-3 pm. Free. Artist Pat Glick will lead you through a creative art experience every week. Bring something you are working on also.

November 3: Silver Pendant Necklaces, 1-4 pm.

November 9: Fused Glass Ornaments, 1-4 pm.

November 17: Country Bear Carving, 1-4 pm.

November 23: Holiday Paint and Sip, 3-5 pm, BYOB. Workshop fee: $35, due at time of registration. Please register by November 22. Ages 21 and up.






Health Events

Galena, KS

November 5: Weight Loss Surgery Seminar meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Premier Surgical Institute,1619 W. 7th St. (Just minutes from Joplin, past the Missouri state line.) 620.783.1732

Dr. Kido, one of our fellowship-trained surgeons specializing in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, and his nurse and success story Kelly, are providing free weight loss seminars in the Grand Lounge of Premier Surgical Institute. The seminars are designed to welcome and inform members of the Four State Area interested in learning about – or already considering – surgery as an option for weight loss treatment. Dr. Kido has an impressive record of patient weight loss results. He offers a caring approach to improve patients’ overall health and help to those suffering from the physical, emotional, medical, and financial consequences of being overweight. Dr. Kido provides solutions that will break the cycle for the many who are frustrated with unsuccessful efforts to lose weight or maintain weight loss.

Premier’s luxurious and peaceful hospital grounds promote wellness and offer the perfect setting for you to relax while we provide important information about our weight loss surgery options.

No reservations necessary to attend. The seminars are free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Parsons, KS

Every Thursday: Menu Planning 101, 12 pm or 5:15 pm, Upscale Country Furnishings. Learn to eat better, feel better and save money. Call 620.423.0450.

November 14: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.

Via Christi Hospital – Pittsburg, KS  

November 12: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

November 27: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.

Joplin, MO

Every day: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. Call 888.740.4568.

Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 am-12 pm, South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.

Every day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.

Every Friday: Grief Counseling, 11 am-3 pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 706 S. Byers. Free. No appointment necessary.

November 12: Brain Injury Support Group meets every second Tuesday, 12-1:30 pm, The Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Contact Andrea Buening, 417.659.8086, for information and referral.

November 13 & 27: Grief Support Group meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 11 am-12:30 pm, Hospice Compassus, 2650 E. 32nd St., Ste. 100. Call 417.623.8272.

Freeman Health System

Joplin, MO

November 1: 11th Annual Diabetes Expo, 8-11 am, Freeman Business Center, 3220 McClelland Blvd., Joplin (back entrance). Learn how to live well with diabetes. Enjoy free admission, prize giveaways, refreshments and more! 417.347.5700.

November 5: Freeman Breast Cancer Support Group, 4:30-6 pm , All Aboard Ice Cream, 102 Castle Drive. Open to breast cancer patients, from newly diagnosed through survivorship. 417.347.2662.

November 5: Ozark Center Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Open to people with autism, parents and caregivers. Respite services for those enrolled through JRO should be requested in advance. Call 417.347.7850.

November 7: Freeman Early Detection Screenings, 8 am-4 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Ste. C. Early detection screenings include abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and stroke/carotid artery screenings, as well as osteoporosis risk assessment. Fees vary. Please call for appointment: 417.347.6555.

November 12: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar, 4:30 pm (registration), 5:30-6:30 pm (seminar), Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Better understand the options available for weight-loss surgery with doctors and bariatric team members. Call 417.347.1266.

November 12: Freeman Advantage Striders/Blood Pressure Screenings, 7-8:30 am, Northpark Mall Food Court, 101 N. Range Line Road. Get your blood pressure checked, turn in your Striders cards and catch up on Freeman Advantage activities and events. Call 417.347.5837.

November 13: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 pm, Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call Lisa Paugh for questions at 417.347.4029.

November 19: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Support Group, 5:30-6:30 pm, Freeman Business Center, 3200 McClelland Blvd., back entrance. Designed to help those who have had bariatric surgery. Call 417.347.1266.

November 19: Freeman Sleep Apnea Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman Health Essentials, 1130 E. 32nd St. Call 417.347.7400.

November 22: Leffen Center Parents Coffee, 8:30-9:30 am, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. This social group is designed specifically for caregivers of children 4 and under with developmental delay(s). Parents can have a coffee and socialize with other parents while their children play in a supervised environment nearby. Call 417.347.7850.

November 25: Freeman Blood Drive, 10 am-3 pm, Freeman Hospital West, Conference Rooms 2W and 4W. When you roll up your sleeve to donate blood, you can save the lives of as many as three people. Please take advantage of this opportunity and donate a pint if you can. 417.347.4603.

November 25: Freeman Real Living with Diabetes, 4:30-5:30 pm, Joplin Public Library, East Conference Room, 1901 E. 20th St. A meeting for anyone struggling with diabetes to discuss real issues and concerns. The meeting topic is Seeing Clearly with Diabetes: Caring for Your Eyes with Diabetes. Refreshments, snacks, product samples and prize drawings available. 417.347.5700.

November 26: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar, 5:30-6:30 pm, Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Better understand the options available for weight-loss surgery with doctors and bariatric team members. Call 417.347.1266.

November 26: Freeman Advantage HealthWISE, 10 am, Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Susan Pittman, Freeman Diabetes program coordinator, will share healthy recipes. Learn how to modify your favorite recipes for better health. There will be a food tasting for some of the recipes she creates. Call 417.347.5837.

Freeman Auxiliary

Freeman Auxiliary Shoe Sale – Shop designer shoes and accessories from Klogs®, Dansko®, Alegria® and Vera Bradley®.

November 4: 12-5 pm, Freeman Hospital East Conference Rooms
November 4: 12-8 pm, Freeman Hospital West Conference Rooms
November 5:
7 am-2 pm, Freeman Hospital West Conference Rooms

November 5: 8 am-3 pm, Freeman Business Center, Conference Rooms

Freeman Auxiliary Nutty Bavarian Sale – Your day may be nutty, so we want to bring a little sweetness your way. Choose from an assortment of cinnamon-glazed pecans, almonds and cashews, and fudge. Net proceeds benefit Freeman Auxiliary Projects. 417.347.4603

November 25: 10 am-1 pm, Freeman Business Center

November 25: 6-8 pm, Freeman Hospital West Lobby
November 26: 10 am-5 pm, Freeman Hospital West Lobby

Mercy Hospital

November 7: Weight Loss Seminar occurs the first Thursday from 6-7 pm. Location: Mercy Conference Center. Seminars are free, but attendees must register at For more information, or to register, call Ann Payne at 417.556.2915.

Mercy Hospital – Support Groups & Events

Every Monday: Parkinson’s Support Group, 3:30 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way, second floor. For more information, call Brittany Bearden at 417.556.8760.

November 11: Bariatric Support Group meets the second Monday monthly, 5:30-6:30 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Call Ann Payne at 417.556.2915.

November 12: Heart 2 Heart on Healthy Living, 5 pm, second Tuesday of each month, Conference Room 1, Mercy Joplin. Topics include healthy eating, exercise and everyday things you can do to take action for heart health. Attendees are asked to register before attending at

November 13: Cancer Caregiver Support Group for Women meets the second Wednesday monthly, 2-3 pm, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call Allison O’Dell, 417.556.2706.

November 13: Cancer Survivor Support Group for Men meets the second Wednesday from 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. For more information, call Allison O’Dell at 417.556.2706.

November 18: Four States Stroke Support Group meets third Monday monthly, 1:30-2:30 pm, Joplin Senior Center, 2616 S. Picher Ave. For more information, contact Kevin Woods at or 417.556.8420.

November 26: Lung Disease Support Group meets the fourth Tuesday, 1:30-3 pm, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. For more information, call Kelsey Darr-Hessee at 417.556.8231.

November 26: Diabetes Support Group – Carthage meets the fourth Tuesday, 4-5 pm at Carthage Water & Electric, 627 W. Centennial. For more information, call Debbie Herbst at 417.359.1359.

November 27: Diabetes Support Group – Joplin, noon-1 pm, Community Clinic of Joplin, 701 S. Joplin Ave. For more information, call 417.556.6487.

November 27: Grief Support Group meets the fourth Wednesday, 2-3 pm, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. For more information, call Allison O’Dell at 417.556.2706.

November 27: Cancer Survivor Support Group for women meets the fourth Wednesday, 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. For more information, call Allison O’Dell at 417.556.2706.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit Meetings held at the NAMI building, 219 W. 2nd St. in Joplin.

Every Monday: NAMI Basics, 6-8:30 pm. A signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.

Every Tuesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Tuesday: Self Injury Support Group, 5-6 pm.

Every Tuesday: Family Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Wednesday: Dual Diagnosis Support Group, 2:30-3:30 pm.

Every Wednesday: Post 5/22 Stress Counseling Sessions, 10 am.

Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 pm. For families or caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Includes current information about most major mental illnesses; information about medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence; developing strategies for handling crises and relapse; focusing on care for the caregiver.

Neosho, MO

November 25: Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 pm, Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Help with care, finances, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, respite care, hospice care, day care and support for the caregivers. Sponsors: Avalon Hospice & Medicalodges Neosho. Call 417.451.2544.

Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, MO

November 2: NRMC Foundation Gala Fundraiser: “A Totally Eighties Prom Night,” 6-10 pm, 3M Clubhouse, in support of the programs and services of Nevada Regional Medical Center. Dress up for fine dining and DJ entertainment. Also featuring a silent auction and grand prize giveaway. Individual tickets $40. Call 417.448.3801 or visit

November 9: Saturday Birth and Beyond Class, 8 am-12 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Four-hour class covers childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3801 to register for this class. 

November 12 & 14: Tuesday/Thursday Birth and Beyond Class, 6-8 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Two-part childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3801 to register.

November 13: Caregiver’s Support Group, 1:30-2:30 pm, Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center. Free peer support program.

November 20: Blood Pressure Screening, 10:45 am, Vernon County Senior Center. Free screening.

November 26: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 am-noon. Kern Senior Center. Free screenings of the month: Blood pressure and bone density.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

November 12 & 26: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 pm, Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.

November 14: Diabetes Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 12:30 pm, INTEGRIS Grand Lake Diabetes Center, 1310 S. Main. Call 918.786.1801.

November 14: Caregivers Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 11 am, Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church. Call 918.542.3662. Open to the public.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK – For more information, visit

Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 am. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 am. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 am. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 am.

November 5: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.